Nov. 13, 2004
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - MIT will head into next weekend's season opener looking to build on the success that has led to two preseason blowouts. UMass-Boston served as Tech's final victim of the exhibition season as the Engineers' high-octane attack swallowed the Beacons' athleticism in a 93-64 victory.
UMass-Boston offered a good test for Tech's hardwood unit. The Beacons were athletic and explosive at every spot on the floor. However, just like last Saturday's scrimmage, the Engineers opened strong. MIT connected on four of its first five shots and led 11-4 with 16:00 left in the opening half. The Beacons stayed within distance most of the half, but couldn't cut the deficit to less than nine.
For the second consecutive week, Tech maintained its hot touch by converting 15-of-24 from the floor and 7-of-10 from three-point range in the first 20 minutes.
MIT opened the second half holding a 46-32 advantage. Although UMass-Boston made several stabs to get back into the contest, MIT's command of the game forced the Beacons into turnovers and nuetralized their quick attack. During Saturday's tilt, UMass-Boston was flagged for an offensive charge on six possessions.
Th revving point for the MIT offense happened around the 9:00-mark of the second half. After Gary Atkins converted on a tough basket underneath, the Engineers made three free throws courtesy of a technical and intentional foul whistled for the coverage against Atkins. On the ensuing inbound, freshman Will Mroz knocked down a three. That single possession resulted in an eight-point swing and pushed MIT ahead for good.
Junior Mike D'Auria led all MIT scorers with 18 points. Senior Adam Gibbons and Mroz each added 17, while Mike Huhs secured the low-post with 15 points and 11 rebounds. Tech's fifth starter, Gary Atkins, finished with seven points and 10 caroms off the glass.